Political dissent

Selwa Nandan, Lautoka | Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I MUST thank the DPP for assuring the public that no one will be prosecuted merely for voicing political dissent or for engaging in robust political debate or for expressing legitimate criticisms of the government, all of which are hallmarks of a constitutional democracy (FT 4/1).
This broken pavement near the Nokonoko Rd fish market in Laucala Beach Estate, Nasinu needs repair. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU
This broken pavement near the Nokonoko Rd fish market in Laucala Beach Estate, Nasinu needs repair. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

The assurance will surely instil a sense of confidence in the people that their freedom of expression is guaranteed so long as they remain within the ambit of the law.

It's all about empowering people to exercise their constitutional rights as citizens without fear or intimidation of any kind.

There was a time when the members of the public felt apprehensive about engaging in such debates or to speak out on national issues but the clarification from DPP should put such fears to rest now.

I believe that creating such a conducive environment is fundamental for a free and fair election.

In my view nobody and more so in the case of holders of public office should be above criticism.

The right of the citizens to express their dissenting opinions based on their perceptions should never be curtailed.

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